UMass BRoCA Lab

Brain Research on Chronic Aphasia (Kurland BRoCA Lab)

Recently funded treatment study:

NIH/NIDCD Grant (1 R01 DC011526-01A1):  “Overcoming Learned Non-Use in Chronic Aphasia: Behavioral, fMRI, and Quality of Life Outcomes

This longitudinal study will examine short- and long-term treatment-induced behavioral and neuroplastic changes as observed with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and effects on quality of life, in 24 participants with chronic moderate-to-severe aphasia, before and after intensive language therapy.

For more information, visit the UMass Media Press Release (In the Loop) or listen to the story on NEPR.

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the study, please contact:

Polly Stokes, M.S., CCC-SLP

BRoCA Lab Manager

(413) 545-4008



  • Understanding mechanisms supporting brain reorganization in poststroke aphasia
  • Investigating the effects of treatment variables on neuroplasticity
  • Investigating the effect of bilingualism on aphasia recovery
  • Examining individual differences in stroke recovery
  • Examining individual differences and effects of age, gender, and handedness on language behaviors in healthy, non-brain damaged individuals
  • Promoting functional independence and improved quality of life for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders and their families
To find out more about aphasia research at UMass, or to participate in one of the free treatment studies, click here to visit Dr. Kurland’s BroCA Lab website.